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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 9, 2012 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

Nice trip report, sounds like we all missed a good time. Looking forward to the youtube clips. Regarding video shakes, I suppose you know that youtube has some way of steadying out your video? If you get a message offering to stabilize your video, take it, it def. works.

"Very low humidity so hydration became an issue. Beer works well, moonshine does not" LOL great line

When you mention VIPs "in the pit" not sure if you are referring to an area directly in front of the stage which separates the "VIPs" (i.e., people who simply paid more for their tickets) from general ticket holders via metal barricades which are set up 10 feet or so away from stage. I effing hate that setup at shows!

Don't get me wrong--I'm all for tiered pricing, and if you want to pay more to get catered food, VIP camping privileges, private bathrooms, catered food & drink, all that's great.

However, at a festival or general admission show, when it comes to the show, I think everyone should have the right to be front & center regardless of how much they paid for a ticket.

IMO all the VIP area does is negatively affects energy / connection being passed back and forth between the band. Plus I've been to several festivals where the VIP is 90% empty, so VIP area is conspicuously wasted space.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 9, 2012 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

D2 -

It really wasn't too bad as it was only a handful of VIPs being ass hats. At the other end of the spectrum, Connie Garrett - wife of fiddler Jeremy Garrett took my still camera and got some great shots for me from real close. It was only bad one night - so I think enough people said something about the VIP pit that the security thicknecks kept everyone back and confined to the far ends of the fenced off area. The stage was only about two feet high, so it was probably a good idea that there was a barricade of some sort.